Bardstown Store Owner Keeps Officer Ellis' Memory Alive

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 10/25/2013 12:12 am

At a prayer vigil tonight, the Bardstown Community prayed for answers to find out who gunned down Officer Jason Ellis on May 25th.

Police said the tips they’ve received so far haven’t given them any substantial leads.

Chief Rick McCubbin said they aren’t getting as many call-in tips as usual, even with a $185,000 reward.

“That just shows it is deep,” McCubbin said.

Buddy Gulden is making a memorial wall for Officer Jason Ellis at the Mercantile Store in downtown Bardstown.

“Just a drive in me,” Gulden said. “I don’t want anybody to forget Jason.”

Gulden said he can relate to what happened to Ellis. As a former Texas Sheriff, Gulden was shot on the job by a 14-year-old boy. He said the bullet has been lodged near his spine for 23 years because doctors were afraid to remove it.

Ellis’ family said Gulden’s been a big part of keeping the officer’s memory alive.

“He has gotten behind us and kept that spark going for Jason,” Kris Phillips, Ellis’ mother-in-law said. “The posters, the support. He just keeps it going for us.”

Gulden plans to keep up the memorial wall in his shop for as long as he lives. And that’s not just an expression.

“I've got terminal cancer. And they tell me I'm advance stage four,” Gulden said. “So I'm giving it the best shot I got.”

Gulden said his last wish is to see Ellis’ killer or killers brought to justice.

He said, “I just would like to live long enough to see it, but i don't think that's going to happen. But that wall when I go that wall will be a part of me.”

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